Wizard of Wor

1982 Commodore

Platform: Commodore Vic 20

A short entry for a title that we are not 100% certain at this stage was ever started, but has featured for years on the Ward Shrake Vapourware list.

The list contains a number of cartridge numbers which the actual intended title was unknown: Vic-1903, Vic-1934, Vic-1936, Vic-1940.  It was suspected that one of them could have been this game, and another Space Vultures which we also have listed in the archive.

Wizard of Wor is a classic Bally Midway title that is also saw a very decent conversion on the Commodore 64. However, it seems it was planned for the VIC-20 too.

Andy Finkel wasn’t aware of a conversion when asked, but in an old archived interview with Andy back in 1996, Andy was asked (and answered) the following from Rick Melick:

Q: What is the story behind Wizard of War, and why was it not released for the VIC-20?

“I don’t remember there being all that much of a story; it was kind of late, and Commodore was involved in the C64 full time by then, so it just fell by the wayside.”

So the search goes on to see if any evidence of a conversion can be found. A mock-up was shown on a VIC-20 box, so it seems likely that something was started. The game was also advertised in a sales catalogue too

Over the years since, there has been at least one fake auction for a prototype cartridge as well, and mock ups created of the game over at the Denial forums. Overall, this is considered one of the holy grail unreleased titles for the Commodore VIC-20 and would be fantastic if something could be found.

With thanks to Fabrizio Bartoloni for highlighting and for further information and web.archive.org for having the old interview.

Sources: http://sleepingelephant.com/denial/wiki/index.php?title=Wizard_of_Wor


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